These are the two main reasons we spend time in St. Vrain State Park in the summer. Established in 1965, the park has 87campsites on 50 acres of land and 80 acres of water.
In 1958 the Colorado Department of Transportation purchased land along the St. Vrain River to mine for gravel needed to develop highway 87 into an interstate highway. That required lots of gravel. The gravel pits were turned over to the State Parks Department for recreation.
Today the park has 87 campsites. By 2005, trees had been planted in the park to augment the large cottonwood trees that grew along the St. Vrain. It is the winter home of bald eagles and hosts the largest blue heron rookery in the state. It also has the only known nesting site of Great Egrets in Colorado. White pelicans and osprey also find seasonal homes at St. Vrain.
There are 14 ponds in the park, accounting for the reflections.
This is one of the osprey in a dead tree.
We also have great views of snow-capped mountains along the Front Range of the Rockies.
When they were developing this park, we looked at a treeless hill with some campground hookups. We asked, why would anyone camp there? Today, you can see why we love it.